Viktor Schreckengost (American, 1906-2008)
    Studio Window, 1947
    Watercolor with pen and ink on board
    21-1/2 x 29-1/2 inches (54.6 x 74.9 cm) (sight)
    Signed lower right: VIKTOR SCHRECKENGOST

    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, "29th May Show," April 30 - June 8, 1947 (Third Prize in Watercolor);
    "Traveling Exhibition Water Colors by Cleveland Artists" (invitational), 1947:
    Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, October 1947;
    Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, Kansas, December 1947;
    Abilene Museum of Fine Arts, Abilene, Texas, January 1948;
    Texas Technical College Art Institute, Lubbock, Texas, February 1948;
    Joslyn Memorial Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, March 1948;
    Northern Illinois State Teachers College, Dekalb, Illinois, April 1948;
    Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, Davenport, Iowa, April 1948;
    Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, Ohio, "New Year's Show," 1949;
    Higbee Company, Cleveland, Ohio, "National Art Week" window display, April 1950;
    Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, "Schreckengost, DeMarco, Schock Exhibition," February 1951;
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, "Viktor Schreckengost and 20th-Century Design," November 12, 2000 - February 4, 2001.

    H. Adams, Viktor Schreckengost and 20th-Century Design, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 2000, p. 35 illustrated;
    H. Adams, Viktor Schreckengost: American Da Vinci, Tide-Mark Press LTD., Windsor, Connecticut, 2006, p. 80 illustrated.

    During the war and his period of service in the Naval Reserve immediately following it, Viktor found it difficult to work in clay and turned to watercolor as a more portable medium, and was extremely prolific. After getting out of the Navy he began to exhibit his watercolors regularly in the Cleveland Museum of Art's May Shows, and also participate in national watercolor exhibitions. This work shows something of a departure from his wartime watercolors because it has a much more colorful palette, and has a playful jaunty type of line describing so many of the forms. It is no surprise that Viktor would have found a scene of so many pots uplifting: he had been away from working with clay so long during the war (from 1943 to 1947), and must have felt reconnected with an important part of himself as an artist to be back home working with the medium again.

    According to Craig Bara, former archivist for the Schreckengosts, Viktor's literal compositional inspiration for this painting of jade and cactus plants with pottery was a photograph he had seen in the national magazine, Better Homes and Gardens.

    Condition Report*:

    There appears to be light overall paper discoloration; framed under acrylic. Framed Dimensions 31.25 X 38.75 Inches

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